Mitt Romney Joins Republican Colleague in Asking Trump to Stop Spreading 'Vile, Baseless' Scarborough Conspiracy

Senator Mitt Romney called for President Donald Trump to stop spreading "vile, baseless accusations" against MSNBC host Joe Scarborough Wednesday, echoing a similar call from a Republican colleague.

The senator from Utah sent a tweet that seemed to take a dig at the president Wednesday in which he says "enough already."

"I know Joe Scarborough. Joe is a friend of mine. I don't know T.J. Klausutis. Joe can weather vile, baseless accusations but T.J.? His heart is breaking. Enough already," Romney wrote.

Romney's statements come days after Illinois Representative Adam Kinzinger sent out a similar tweet Sunday calling for the president to "stop spreading" those accusations about Scarborough.

"Completely unfounded conspiracy. Just stop. Stop spreading it, stop creating paranoia. It will destroy us," Kinzinger said.

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Newsweek reached out to the White House regarding the Utah senator's comments, but they did not respond back in time for publication.

Trump has posted multiple tweets this month insinuating that then-Florida Rep. Scarborough may have been involved in the 2001 death of a staffer who worked for him. Lori Klausutis died while working in Scarborough's Florida office after she fainted and hit her head on a desk. An autopsy performed on Klausutis later reported she had an undiagnosed heart condition and determined her death to be accidental.

Klausutis' widower, Timothy Klausutis, who is referenced in Romney's tweet, sent a letter to Twitter asking that Trump's tweets be removed from the social media platform.

"I'm asking you to intervene in this instance because the President of the United States has taken something that does not belong him – the memory of my dead wife and perverted it for perceived political gain," Klausutis stated in a May 21 letter sent to Twitter chief executive officer Jack Dorsey.

Twitter has since responded to his letter stating that while they are "deeply sorry about the pain these statements, and the attention they are drawing, are causing the family," the tweets will not be removed.

"We've been working to expand existing product features and policies so we can more effectively address things like this going forward, and we hope to have those changes in place shortly," Twitter stated.

Trump most recently tweeted about Scarborough and his former staffer Wednesday saying the MSNBC host is "rattled."

"Psycho Joe Scarborough is rattled, not only by his bad ratings but all of the things and facts that are coming out on the internet about opening a Cold Case. He knows what is happening!"

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Senator Mitt Romney, R-UT, arrives for the Republican policy luncheon at the Hart Senate Office Building in Washington, DC on March 19, 2020. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN / AFP) (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images) Mandel Ngan/Getty
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